3 Ways to Make Better Memories with Your Family

3 Ways to Make Better Memories with Your Family

When I was a kid my dad used to take me and my brother to professional baseball games. We would take a summer trip to New York every year, and while we were there we’d try to catch a Mets game if the Cardinals (my favorite team) were in town.

Even after I graduated from college during the summer we would all get together — me, my dad, my brother, and my nephew — and make a trip to Cincinnati to watch a Reds game. In addition to spending days at the little league baseball park those trips and experiences watching MLB games are still something I remember.« Continue »

Almost 40 and in my #BestShapeEver

Almost 40 and in my #BestShapeEver

Just about every Tuesday for the past month I’ve been receiving a text message from a buddy of mine. The text would read something like this…

“Fellas, tomorrow night 9pm. Blue court. In or out?”

It’s a roll call sent to a group of guys to see who is available to play basketball in an adult basketball league in my area. For those who are new to my site and story I’ve been playing basketball practically for my entire life.« Continue »

How to Safely and Responsibly Introduce Your Kids to Social Media

How to Safely and Responsibly Introduce Your Kids to Social Media

Two weeks ago we celebrated our daughter, Jaicey’s, 14th birthday! It is pretty surreal having a 14-year-old daughter. The fact that when we talk to her we are looking eye-to-eye is…different. And actually my wife has to look up to her. She is growing physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

We are definitely in a new season of parenting. It’s exciting, scary, and sometimes we get a little nostalgic as we look back over the past 14 years. One thing’s for sure…we can’t go back. We are focusing on what’s in front of us now, and looking at what’s ahead.« Continue »

Please Take My 2014 Reader Survey

Please Take My 2014 Reader Survey - JackieBledsoe.com

When I sit down to write, I try to picture having a real conversation with a real person. By doing this, it helps put a personal touch on my writing.

Instead of me writing and sending something out into cyberspace, or the cloud, for just any random person to stumble across, I want to have a particular person in mind who could use real encouragement, and who has real problems needing real solutions.« Continue »

How a Dad Handles Staying Home with a Sick Kid

Sick kid

Our 8-year-old has been down and out the past couple days with some sort of stomach bug. Normally he’s wanting to go outside, play “super heroes,” or wrestle around with me and his brother. Not the past two days. He’s wanted no part of any of that.« Continue »

Will You Be Celebrating Your 50th Wedding Anniversary? Here Is Why You’ll Want To

50th wedding anniversary

Today is my parents, 50th wedding anniversary!!! Wow! They made it to their golden wedding anniversary! I’m super excited, happy for them, and proud to be their son.

My wife and I’ve been married 13 years, and I think that is a pretty big accomplishment. But 50 years? That is nothing short of amazing.« Continue »

3 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage

Affair-proof your marriage | JackieBledsoe.com

Last week Stephana and I recorded our first interview for our new 7 Rings of Marriage Web Show. The idea of doing a web show came to us last summer. And after creating the 7 Rings of Marriage last fall we finally had the perfect platform for the web show, marriage curriculum, and eventually our book.« Continue »

Join us for the ONE Extraordinary Marriage Meetup in Indianapolis!

ONE Extraordinary Marriage Meetup Indianapolis - Jackie & Stephana Bledsoe - JackieBledsoe.com

A few months ago I started listening to podcasts frequently. My goal was to become more intentional in the various roles I serve. I really began to enjoy podcasts because they provided something positive and worthwhile in the times my mind was free to roam.« Continue »

Are You Messing Up In Trying to Be the Man Your Family Needs?

The Man Your Family Needs

While I”m not a big TV watcher, I’ve recently gotten into a show on Netflix that I now watch somewhat regularly. I have to admit, some weekends I even binge watch. I’m way late to the party on it, but Breaking Bad is “my show” on Netflix.

As someone who is very passionate about my family, who tries to put my family first, and works to the best of my ability to provide for them, Breaking Bad hits me right there.« Continue »

A Father’s Day Party? Yes, I’m Hosting a Twitter Party and You’re Invited!

A Father's Day Party? Yes, I'm hosting a Father's Day Twitter Party | JackieBledsoe.com - Lead and Love the Ones Who Matter Most

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. – Bill Cosby

Ahh the “ultimate” Father’s Day gag gift, soap-on-a-rope. As we all know, or at least we should, Father’s Day is this Sunday. I can admit that even as a dad, I don’t put too much thought into Father’s Day or recognizing it for my dad or other dads. And I usually don’t expect too much. My dad is exactly the same way.« Continue »